Friday, November 16, 2007

HBDTY OK

Today is Oklahoma's centennial. They've been celebrating all year, so I'm not really sure how they're delineating this particular day, but I thought that I'd make the effort to extend birthday wishes, too.

With that done, I'd also like to make another, more political and less socially accepted delineation...

Part of celebrating any milestone birthday is looking back at past accomplishments, while gracing over its blemishes, and this 100th celebration is no different. It's difficult to talk about Oklahoma history without mentioning the massive disservice that this state and this country have done to the native American people, but again they're getting the shaft.

Cue the protest. And it's not like there's a surprise here -- it's been planned. See this article from last week's paper. Or watch this video from last week's news. And (this is the hard part) think for yourself...

Is it good enough? Is setting aside a few hours THE DAY BEFORE the "real celebrations" making an effort to include our native Americans or is it another example of forcing them with the short end of the stick, another proverbial blanket infected with small pox? Are we merely celebrating 100 years of theft?

I may be at work right now, but in spirit I'm marching downtown as part of a peaceful protest that may or may not make the evening news. I may not be a card-carrying native American, but I am proud of my Cherokee heritage, and appalled at the extreme ignorance that the many Oklahoma celebrations have overlooked.

Our native Americans have, yet again, been given the shaft. Happy birthday, Uglyhoma.

5 comments:

bill said...

What would you have them (the state) do?

genderist said...

For starters, they could acknowledge that they screwed over our native people.

bill said...

I understand that the Japanese have developed the ability to offer apologies without implying the need to compensate for the source of the apology. In fact, I recall reading several years ago that Japanese tourists were warned not to apologise for automobile accidents in the US, since to them it simply meant that they were sorry that it occurred, while to US people it meant admitting fault. Perhaps the O politicians could import them for training. Not that it would be JUST the O politicians that would need that ability, you understand. Certain current Presidents come to mind...

Jim-Bo-Rama said...

marching next to you in spirit as well...

Mommavia said...

Why can't they just admit that they did something wrong? That's just sad...

So not even related to OK...but where the hell are your scan results???? You have anxious people here in CA wanting to know!!!